Mario Makes the Leap to Ballet 

Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto's character Mario has appeared in more video games than any other. While he first appeared wielding a hammer as "Jumpman" against his nemesis Donkey Kong, it was the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. that introduced his brother Luigi and cemented the pair as Italian-American plumbers-slash-adventurers. But the mustachioed mascot's defining moment came in 1985 with the release of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Home Entertainment System, which teleported the brothers to the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach from the mischievous Bowser, King of the Koopa. This weekend dancers ages nine to eighteen from DaySpring School of the Arts trade Swan Lake for the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Bros: the Ballet. The show takes place at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday (November 7 and 8) at the West County YMCA (16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield). Admission is $8 to $12, and tickets can be purchased by phone from the DaySpring office at 314-291-8878, or simply take a cue from Mario: Collect your coins and pay at the door. For more details, visit www.dayspringarts.org.
Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 8, 3 p.m., 2014

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